Fracking disclosure bill withdrawn

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, today withdrew a bill amendment seeking disclosure of substances used in hydraulic fracturing during oil and gas development.

DeGette spokeswoman Juliet Johnson said the congresswoman took the action because it appears she’s close to reaching a disclosure agreement with industry and others.

Also today, ExxonMobil shareholders rejected by nearly a 3-1 margin a shareholder proposal to have the company report on the environmental impacts of its fracturing and the approaches it could take to reduce those impacts.

ExxonMobil is heavily involved in natural gas development in Rio Blanco County, part of western Colorado’s Piceance Basin. Gas development in the Piceance and several other gas fields in the county relies on injecting water, sand and chemicals into wells under high pressure to fracture formations and boost production.


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